It's my Parting Shot for my reactions to the headlines in today's Star-Phoenix Sports Section...
First headline...Victoria Royals capitalize early on defensive errors to burn Blades. My reaction...Last night's game at SaskTel Centre took me back about 30 years to the old Winnipeg Arena and vintage battles between the Wayne Gretzky-led Edmonton Oilers and the over-matched Jets. Substitute Victoria Royals for Edmonton Oilers and Saskatoon Blades for Winnipeg Jets. Back in those days, it wasn't uncommon for the Jets to throw everything but the proverbial kitchen at the Edmonton net, only to be turned aside by Grant Fuhr. The shots would be 21-7, yet Winnipeg would trail 3-0 because they gave the Oilers odd-man chances and-or-breakaways that the Oil would capitalize on. It was that way last night...Griffen Outhouse was Fuhr in goal for Victoria and the Bridge City Bunch gave up several Grade A scoring chances to Victoria. They scored three times while the Blue and Gold had nothing to show on the scoreboard, despite holding a 16-11 advantage on the shot clock! Aw, memories!!
Next headline...QBs Glenn and Bridge evoke memories of "J-J Barnagel". Reaction...speaking of memories, Rob Vanstone and I are cut from the same "remember when" cloth. I'm just not ready for K-B Gledge or K-B Glennbridge...please?!
Last headline...Durant to start Friday in return to Saskatchewan, Veteran pivot says it's just another game and wouldn't speculate on next season. My reaction...To me, it's no surprise that Doubles plays in Regina where he spent so many fine years. That means he's blowing smoke by calling it, "just another game." Just like the season-opener was just another game when the Alouettes hung on...evoking a very animated reaction from Durant. And, next season, I wouldn't be surprised if Darian Durant is contemplating retirement after a dreadful 2017 for him! Having said that, he deserves a rousing welcome on Friday at Mosaic Stadium!!